Pantha Du Prince aka Germany’s Hendrick Weber is readying the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2007 album of minimal/ambient techno This Bliss with his upcoming record, Black Noise (due out February 8 on Rough Trade Records).
We get our first taste of Black Noise (see the cover art above on the right) with “The Splendour”, which evokes many of the same sonic qualities we came to know and love on This Bliss; however, don’t take this as a lack of growth or a bad thing. The scattered synths, ambient noises, and wide use of panning still keeps your ears in a heightened state of relaxed awareness allowing you to either float along with the song or delicately pick out all the electronic intricacies Pantha Du Prince has come to master.
“The Splendour” features Tyler Pope of !!! and LCD Soundsystem on bass, although I can’t really distinguish Tyler’s contribution from Pantha’s production and honestly would probably have no idea that there was a guest on the song had I not been told so (which can be good or bad based on your thoughts on featured guests on albums).
Check out Rough Trade’s official statement on the concept behind Black Noise below and the mp3 of “The Splendour” as well.
“On his new album, Pantha Du Prince, who lives in Berlin and Paris, claims: music slumbers in all matter; any sound, even silence, is already music. The mission, then, must be to render audible what is unheard and unheard of: black noise, a frequency that is inaudible to man. Black noise often presages natural disasters, earthquakes or floods; only some animals perceive this “calm before the storm.” Black noise is something archaic and earthy. The music on Black Noise balances precariously on the slippery threshold between art and nature, between techno and folklore, which lends it a certain spectral and intangible aspect.”